Thursday 23 November 2017

Scorned woman damaged car in 'act of wickedness'

Eimear Cotter

A SCORNED woman keyed the sides and rear of a car parked in her ex-partner's driveway.

Beatrice Healy (66) caused more than €1,700 worth of damage to a car belonging to the daughter of her ex-partner's new partner.

Kevin Tunney, defending, told Tallaght District Court in Dublin that Healy – who denied the charge – had convinced herself she didn't do it.

However, the accused was captured on CCTV cameras keying the car – and a court heard that she could be identified by her "distinctive walk".

Judge Anthony Halpin told Healy "shame on you" and described the incident as "an act of malevolent and spiteful wickedness".

He fined Healy, of Longwood Avenue, Dublin, €1,000 and imposed a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.

The incident took place outside her ex-partner's house at Beverly Drive in Knocklyon, Dublin, on February 21 last year.

Healy's former partner, Vincent Slattery, told the court that a neighbour rang him after 9pm to say she had seen the defendant acting suspiciously near his driveway.

Mr Slattery said his partner's daughter Emma Clynch then checked her car and saw it had been keyed on both sides and at the rear.

He then viewed CCTV footage and identified Healy as the culprit. The CCTV showed Healy approach the car and scrape it, mostly likely with a ring. The damage to the car was €1,770.

Mr Tunney said the defendant, a mum of one, had been in a relationship for 12 years with Mr Slattery and they broke up more than five years ago.

Mr Tunney said the judge had given Healy some time to save up compensation, but she was unable to come up with any money as she was currently not working.

Irish Independent

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